Miles Raymer, Reader staff writer, is obsessed with . . .
Trouble, 431 Days mixtape On my right shoulder there's an angel who tries to make me feel bad for enjoying music that promotes a broad spectrum of interpersonal violence, performed by a guy who wears his gang affiliations and prison stint for aggravated assault with sneering pride and couldn't give less of a shit about my liberal guilt. But it's hard to hear that angel over the devil on my left, who's screaming about how fun it would be to turn this up to 11 and reenact the hammer-fight scene from Oldboy.
Various artists, Country Funk: 1969-1975 Though it's often considered the ne plus ultra of whiteness, country music has a long, cozy history with black music, and during the funk era the two collided surprisingly harmoniously. This compilation—the brainchild of Zach Cowie, a former Drag City employee living in LA who DJs as Turquoise Wisdom—collects some of the best products of that collision, from private-press obscurities to numbers by bigger names like Bobby Darin, who recorded a couple albums of funky country while living in a trailer in Big Sur and having a particularly fruitful emotional breakdown.
Whosampled.com Ever hear a song that uses a sample you swear you know but can't quite place? Congratulations, you are a music dork—and part of the target audience of whosampled.com, which lists the sources from which specific songs (and artists) have drawn, as well as all of the known songs that sample a particular song (or artist). Given the amount of sample-based music released under the radar, the database is far from complete, but there's more than enough to lose yourself in—start out with, say, all the places Black Sabbath has turned up, and you'll be down the rabbit hole in no time.